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Wed 30 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 1 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 2 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 3 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 4 Dec 2011, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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29 October – 4 December 2011

The annual Wallace Art Awards marks its 20th anniversary this year and The Dowse will showcase the winners and most of the finalists. The Dowse is the only Wellington venue to host this outstanding awards exhibition; the awards are the longest running of their type in New Zealand. With prizes amounting to over $165,000, the awards will be presented by Auckland Mayor Len Brown at The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre on Monday 5 September.

The 20th Awards are shaping up to be the biggest yet, with 559 entries received from which 116 finalists have been selected. This year the Awards are being judged by three distinguished New Zealand artists – Philip Trusttum, Sara Hughes and Peter Gibson-Smith.

The winner of the Paramount Award of the 19th Wallace Art Awards last year was Sam Mitchell, who received a six month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, and a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer.

Founded by Auckland businessman in 1992, James Wallace, the Wallace Art Awards acknowledge, encourage and financially reward contemporary New Zealand artists producing outstanding work in the mediums of painting, sculpture and photography. Many of the winners and finalists are added to the Wallace Collection each year. Catalogues will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Other 2010 winners were:
• The Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award Winner – Glen Hayward
- The winner receives a three month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.

• Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award Winner – Mark Braunias
- receives a three month residency at the Headlands Centre for the Arts in Sausalito, USA.

• The Wallace Arts Trust Development Award Winner – Graham Fletcher
- receives a two month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA.

• First Runner-up Award Winner – Simon Esling
- receives $2000

• Second Runner-up Award Winner – Iain Cheesman
- receives $2000

• Jury Award – Robyn Hoonhout

• The People’s Choice Award will be announced following the conclusion.